11.17.2006

WILLY MASON, INFORMED SONGWRITER

Willy Mason [Informed Songwriter] is scheduled to release his second full length album entitled "If the Ocean Gets Rough" March 20th, 2007 on Astralwerks.

In November of 2003 at the Knitting Factory, I saw Willy Mason with his brother Sam Mason on drums open for Bright Eyes. He won that audience over, especially me. He casually said at the end of the set “I have like five CD’s in the back, if anyone is interested" I think he recorded them before the show.

I had to see him again and again. Everything about him captured my attention, his guitar playing, informed writing and relaxed and authentic manner. He has a gift for melody. I love how he plays the guitar using strong resonating and alternating bass notes. He adds strumming and picking with interludes of harmonic surprises down the fret. Although he is 21 year old his voice sounds weathered and worn.

While listening to his lyrics, it is evident that he is curious, smart and well read. He exposes social and political hypocrisy as he searches for deeper meaning and understanding of life’s daunting conflicts. He weaves a personal subtext within his songwriting while tackling issues of poverty, war, materialism and hedonism. It is the inference that adds weight and gives the lyrics cerebral edginess. Leaving the listeners brain in overdrive.

I've seen him live eight times in different settings alone, with Nina Violet on viola and with an assortment of players that worked on his freshman CD "Where the Humans Eat". The most recent touring band includes Nina, Sam Mason on drums with Colin Ruel on guitar and Farley Glavin on bass. They just finished an 18 stop tour opening for Radiohead in May and June 2006. I was lucky to see the band play the Living Room on July 21st 2006. The set included all new material with the exception of one song. The melodies, time changes and lyrics were memorable. The band sounded strong and confident. There was something different about Willy. He seemed more determined and serious. This time rather then being discovered, he seemed ready and eager to present his music.

Check out his new site called G-ma's Basement It is a home based online retailer selling local music from the Island of Martha's Vineyard. This includes some of Willy's live sessions with cousin Zak Borden, and past releases of Willy and his talented mother Jemima James.

"Equal parts hobo and Holden Caufield, nineteen-year-old Willy Mason blends precocious lyricism, spare, jangly guitar, and a world-weary voice that sounds older than his years." - Rolling Stone

11.15.2006

HOP ALONG, QUEEN ANSLEIS AND WHEATIE MATTIASICH WINTER TOAST TOUR!

WILL WARM UP THE NEW YEAR! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

From New York to Austin / Hop Along Queen Ansleis /The Smiling Folk Queen and Wheatie Mattiasich / The Folk Lore Goddess are doing a winter tour. Knitting Factory (tap room) Illinois, Deertick, Honne Wells and The Feverfew are on the bill. The Feverfew will be traveling down to Richmond. Then the Folk team stop in Athens, Georgia the home of the Wildebeest. They then join Fake Problems for a seven stop tour from Florida to New Orleans. Other bands to play along the way are; Murdock's Revenge, Judy Garland Death Squad, The Ackley's and The Robinsons.

So don't be toast! Get out there and warm the spirit, join the fun and toast the new year listening to fantastic, diverse and original music!!

11.14.2006

Matthew Winn / Wildebeest EP Release

Matthew Winn / WILDEBEEST is releasing a Five song EP entitled Some Heavy, Some Mighty. . This is a collection of songs that belong together. They are like a scrambled musical and lyrical puzzle, searching to find meaning within the broken fragments of thought. Musically he is branching out and adapting the music to the mood of the songwriting. Evan Louison lends his rich vocals on Wet Dog, Swampy Doors (Golder Lighting) and Palaces.

Starting with “How it Is” the title suggesting just that, but things aren’t that simple. The only thing rich around here is the coffee / and it ain’t that rich. He has burdens to bare because his / back pack / all heavy. This bluesy alt country music works well with throaty vocals. The sound gracefully changes. Trumpets and oboe are a welcome addition in an off beat jazz / blues and eclectic music mix in “Swampy Doors (Golder Lighting)”. The mood gets dark, alone and fearful. / And I am usually standing in dark / lost………… "Wet Dog” employs electric guitar riffs and upbeat drum tempo as Matt and Evan sing / It must be you that's a makin me feel like this wet dog / and belting / cause it ain't rainin so hard……..“Palaces” is a blues acoustic song with outstanding instrumental and vocal tracks that ring with clarity and bite. Literal phrasing like / children fucking on a bare mattress is juxtaposed with personification of architectural reference ……/ duel palaces entwined / drawbridge layed down / dual palaces embrace /stone and holy walls. He ends with an introspective song “Host and Hostage“. The trumpets chime in like a soft echoing choir, the finger picking guitar parts blend and the bassoon blows like a fog horn. The song ending with very faint bells…………

To Order Send $5.00 dollars to
Matt Winn
140 standard oils street
Athens Georgia, 30601


A few months back Matt completed a full length recording of 12 songs that he then edited down to ten. The full length is still in transition and the recording will be revisited.